Byron council to consider expanding paid parking across CBD

PAID parking in Byron Bay is inching closer - it is on next week's council agenda.

Byron Shire Council will consider introducing paid parking into the town centre at $2 an hour on the street and $4 an hour in council car parks.

Infrastructure services director Phil Holloway said a Byron Bay parking study to council considers having a local exemption which could be one of: 30 minutes free per day; a 40% discount; or free parking for locals in council car parks.

Council will also consider whether or not the resident coupon parking permit is kept or no longer used.

The parking study was undertaken to look at improved ways to manage parking within the busy town centre.

This included increasing the number of short-term parking spaces and the introduction of paid parking that would encourage the turnover of car spaces.

"While ideally most locals would prefer not to have to pay for parking, this is one of the only ways we can earn a few more dollars from the visitors who arrive every day," Mr Holloway said.

"Feedback from residents and the traffic study has told us that most locals are coming into town for about 30 minutes and there are not enough short-term parking spaces.

"A new pay parking scheme will aim to accommodate this need and help ensure that highly sought-after spaces in the centre of town turn over."

The report estimated the pay parking scheme could return up to $2 million net a year from the third year.

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